Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

Satire about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers, and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war, including the assassination of Duke Ferdinand, the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-mans-land, and the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers newly arrived at the front, after successfully capturing a ridge that had been contested for some time.

Directing:
  • Richard Attenborough

Writing:
  • Joan Littlewood
  • Len Deighton

Stars:
Release Date: 1969-03-10
themoviedb icon 6.6/10
  • Country: GB
  • Language: English | Français | Deutsch
  • Runtime: 138
Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgr...
Sylvia Pankhurst
Edward Fox
Edward Fox
Aide to Field-Marshal Haig
Juliet Mills
Juliet Mills
Nurse
Michael Bates
Michael Bates
Drunk Lance Corporal
John Gielgud
John Gielgud
Count Leopold Von Berchtold
Ian Holm
Ian Holm
President Poincare
Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgr...
Gen. Sir Henry Wilson
Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richard...
Sir Edward Grey
Laurence Olivier
Laurence Oliv...
Field Marshal Sir John French
Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
Music Hall Star
John Mills
John Mills
Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig
Corin Redgrave
Corin Redgrav...
Bertie Smith
Maurice Roeves
Maurice Roeve...
George Smith
Dirk Bogarde
Dirk Bogarde
Stephen
Jean-Pierre Cassel
Jean-Pierre C...
French Colonel
John Clements
John Clements
Gen. von Moltke
Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins
Emperor Franz Josef
Kenneth More
Kenneth More
Kaiser Wilhelm II
Susannah York
Susannah York
Eleanor
Robert Flemyng
Robert Flemyn...
Staff Officer in Gassed Trench
Paul Daneman
Paul Daneman
Czar Nicholas II
Guy Middleton
Guy Middleton
Gen. Sir William Robertson
John Owens
John Owens
Seamus Moore
Penelope Allen
Penelope Alle...
Solo Chorus Girl
Isabel Dean
Isabel Dean
Sir John French's Lady
Joe Melia
Joe Melia
The Photographer
Nanette Newman
Nanette Newma...
Nurse
Cecil Parker
Cecil Parker
Sir John
Natasha Parry
Natasha Parry
Sir William Robertson's Lady
Thorley Walters
Thorley Walte...
Staff Officer
Anthony Ainley
Anthony Ainle...
3rd Aide
Peter Gilmore
Peter Gilmore
Pte Burgess
Ben Howard
Ben Howard
Pte Garbett
Angus Lennie
Angus Lennie
Scottish Soldier
Marianne Stone
Marianne Ston...
Mill Girl
Norman Bird
Norman Bird
Training Sgt (uncredited)
Jeremy Child
Jeremy Child
Wealthy Young Man (uncredited)
Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell
Harry Arnold Smith
Norman Jones
Norman Jones
Scottish Soldier
Harry Locke
Harry Locke
Heckler
Clifford Mollison
Clifford Moll...
Heckler
Richard Davies
Richard Davie...
Sergeant in Burial Party (uncredited)
Jane Seymour
Jane Seymour
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Wendy Allnutt
Wendy Allnutt
Florence Victoria 'Flo' Smith
David Lodge
David Lodge
Recruiting Sergeant at Music Hall
Phyllis Calvert
Phyllis Calve...
Lady Dorothy Haig
John Dunn-Hill
John Dunn-Hil...
Irish Soldier (uncredited)
Charles Farrell
Charles Farre...
Policeman (uncredited)
Paul Hansard
Paul Hansard
German Officer (uncredited)
Richard Loring
Richard Lorin...
Soldier in 'Goodbyee' (uncredited)
Tony Vogel
Tony Vogel
German Soldier (uncredited)
John Woodnutt
John Woodnutt
British Officer (uncredited)
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